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Talking Flash Cards (English-Spanish)

I had a new idea after creating the Interactive (Science) Study Guide and Talking test. Basically I thought that it would be possible to cut out little rectangles or squares from Livescribe paper and use them to create talking flash cards (or talking pages in books, objects in a classroom, words on word wall, etc). I’ll start with talking flash cards made with 3″ x 5″ cards and 1/2″ x 1/2″ Livescribe “talking squares.”

If you’re an ELL/ESL/World Languages teacher you might also consider the essay by Emily Wartinbee here: EFL and ESL: Using the Smartpen to Enhance the Productivity and Effectiveness of ESL Instruction

YouTube version of video (new window): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvqus9cc1a8

Screencast.com version (new window) – with link to downloadable version of video: http://www.screencast.com/t/OTZhM2JjOD

I’d sure value your feedback on this idea. I don’t know – Do students studying languages even use flashcards anymore?

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Credits:

I used an AVerMedia 355AF document camera for imaging, Snagit to create the image above, and JingPro* to record the video, and Camtasia Studio** (Mac and Windows versions now available) to edit and produce the video to mp4 format. Editing was minimal — I mainly increased the volume level especially for the parts of the demo when I was playing audio through the Smartpen since I was recording using a boom microphone that didn’t do a great job picking up the sound from it.

*JingPro is from TechSmith.  It’s like Jing (free) on steroids and well worth $14.95 per year.  You can connect Jing, JingPro, or Camtasia Studio (or Camtasia:mac) to a free 2 GB Screencast.com account (or a Pro account with a lot more space and bandwidth).  Jing and JingPro do both screen capturing and screen recording (5 minute limit).

**Camtasia Studio (for Windows) and Camtasia: mac are from TechSmith.  When you need more than 5 minute recordings, PowerPoint recording, editing, or production to a myriad of formats you’ll want Camtasia or Camtasia Relay.